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Mayer Brown promotes 34 to partner worldwide

19 November 2018
Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 34 lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.

“I am delighted to welcome this new group of outstanding lawyers to the partnership of Mayer Brown,” said Chairman Paul Theiss. “Their promotion is a testament to the trust placed in them by our valued clients, as well as their world-class legal skills and business judgment. In addition, they have demonstrated their collegiality and ability to serve clients across our practice areas and geographic boundaries. We are confident that our new partners will continue to make significant contributions to serving our clients and ensuring the continued success of Mayer Brown.”

The new partners are:

Marina G. Aronchik, Corporate & Securities, Chicago
Marina Aronchik, a Corporate & Securities partner in Chicago, focuses on technology transactions. She helps clients advance their digital transformations through SaaS and other types of cloud computing subscription agreements, complex global IT technology and business process outsourcing transactions, and ERP and other enterprise system licensing and implementation agreements. Ms. Aronchik has been a leader in Mayer Brown’s proptech, facilities management and site services agreement groups.

Maud Bischoff, Real Estate, Paris
Maud Bischoff is a Real Estate partner in Paris. In that capacity, she acts for leading funds, companies and banks in connection with all types of financings – including unitranche, all senior facilities, senior/mezzanine and super-senior facilities in the context of high yield bonds – in relation to domestic and cross-border leveraged acquisitions and real estate assets. She is also involved in debt restructuring transactions of all sizes.

Giles Bywater, Employment & Benefits, London
An Employment & Benefits partner in London, Giles Bywater advises trustees and sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes on both contentious and non-contentious matters – including scheme documentation and funding issues, liability management exercises, and scheme mergers and wind-ups. Mr. Bywater is experienced in pensions litigation, having acted in the landmark Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund case, for which the Mayer Brown team was recognized by leading publications.

Joaquin M. C de Baca, Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, New York
Joaquin C de Baca is a Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency partner in New York. His practice includes both transactional and litigation work in the context of in-court and out-of-court workout and reorganization proceedings. In his practice, Mr. C de Baca has represented a variety of commercial banks, agent banks and lending syndicates, real estate investment and holding companies, insurance companies, investment fund managers and individual directors and officers.

Colin G. Carley, Corporate & Securities, New York
Colin Carley is a Corporate & Securities partner in New York. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions across a variety of industries, with extensive experience in the private equity, insurance and life sciences sectors. Mr. Carley also advises clients in US and cross-border asset and stock acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts, strategic add-ons, equity financings, carveout transactions, restructurings and general corporate matters.

Pheona S.Y. Chow, Real Estate, Hong Kong
Pheona Chow, a Real Estate partner in Hong Kong, specializes in real estate development. She advises on a wide variety of matters throughout the cycle of real estate development in Hong Kong, including land acquisitions, government land grants and lease modification, development and redevelopment agreements, tenders for joint venture developments, project conveyancing, stamp duty, building management matters and commercial tenancies. Recently, Ms. Chow advised the Airport Authority on the tender for SkyCity, a 350,000 square meter shopping, entertainment and office complex at Hong Kong International Airport.

Christopher M. Chubb, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Christopher Chubb is a Banking & Finance partner in Chicago. He focuses his practice on the representation of corporate and lending clients in connection with a broad range of finance transactions, including leveraged buyouts, working capital financings, cash flow and asset-based financings, add-on acquisitions, cross-border and multi-currency financings and debtor-in-possession financings. In addition, Mr. Chubb has represented clients in a variety of specialty lending fields, including ESOP, gaming, health care and franchise lending, among others.

Geoffrey M. Collins, Tax Controversy, New York
Geoffrey Collins, a Tax Controversy partner in New York, represents clients in all phases of tax controversy for major corporate tax matters. He has represented some of the largest companies in the world before the IRS and in litigation in both the US Tax Court and other jurisdictions. His IRS experience includes using ADR tools to resolve matters for taxpayers in the most efficient and economically effective manner. Mr. Collins also has presented the testimony of key witnesses and arguments related to dispositive and other motions in court.

Merryn Craske, Banking & Finance, London
A London-based partner in the Banking & Finance practice, Merryn Craske has advised banks, originators and others on numerous securitization and structured finance transactions in a range of asset classes, including trade receivables, consumer loans, insurance premium loans, auto loans and leases, residential mortgages and commercial mortgages, across a variety of jurisdictions. Ms. Craske also has experience in other banking and finance transactions, including secured lending, project finance, acquisition finance, derivatives and debt capital markets.

James A. “Tripp” Fussell III, Intellectual Property, Washington DC
Tripp Fussell, an Intellectual Property partner in Washington DC, focuses on litigating complex patent cases involving a wide variety of technologies. Mr. Fussell represents some of the world's leading technology companies both as plaintiffs and defendants. He has handled significant cases, including as lead counsel, in matters before US federal district courts throughout the nation, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the US International Trade Commission and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also counsels clients on all aspects of IP portfolio management, including prosecution, acquisition and licensing.

Aaron Gavant, Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, Chicago
Aaron Gavant is a Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency partner in Chicago. He focuses on structured finance workout matters, representing major financial institutions in their roles as trustee, administrative agent and in other related capacities. He also handles traditional in-court and out-of-court restructuring matters, representing institutional lenders, bank groups, hedge funds and other alternative lending institutions. In recent years, Mr. Gavant’s practice has focused on the aftermath of the financial crisis, particularly as it has affected the residential mortgage backed securities industry.

Régine Goury, Employment & Benefits, Paris
Régine Goury, a Paris-based partner in the Employment & Benefits practice, advises companies on collective and individual employment law disputes and handles complex litigation. Ms. Goury regularly works in coordination with other Mayer Brown offices worldwide and other Mayer Brown practices such as Tax Transactions & Consulting and Corporate & Securities, allowing her to offer integrated solutions to her clients. She has also developed a niche in data protection, particularly in cross-border aspects, and advises on future requirements from the General Data Protection Regulation.

Daniel E. Jones, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington DC
A Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Washington DC, Dan Jones is also a member of the Consumer Litigation & Class Actions and Supreme Court & Appellate practices. He has authored numerous briefs in the US Supreme Court, federal and state appellate courts, and trial courts around the country, with a focus on arbitration and class action issues. Mr. Jones has substantial experience litigating the enforceability of arbitration agreements—particularly in the consumer and employment contexts—at both the appellate and trial levels.

Cindy W.S. Kao, Corporate & Securities, Hong Kong
Cindy Kao, a Corporate & Securities partner in Hong Kong, specializes in international securities offerings, initial public offerings and private equity investments (both debt and equity). Ms. Kao advises underwriters and issuers with respect to securities offerings, with a primary focus on PRC-based issuers. She represents an array of clients, including leading international investment banks and companies, throughout Asia, including the PRC and Taiwan.

Jennifer A. Kratochvil, Banking & Finance, Chicago
Jennifer Kratochvil is a Banking & Finance partner in Chicago. In that capacity, Ms. Kratochvil represents lenders and borrowers in syndicated secured and unsecured lending transactions, letter of credit transactions, debt restructurings and other financing transactions. Her background includes the preparation of financing documentation in leveraged buyouts and the representation of borrowers and commercial banks in transactions involving reinsurance and insurance companies.

Marjorie M. Margolies, Tax Controversy, Chicago
Margie Margolies is a Tax Controversy partner in Chicago. She is widely recognized for her negotiation skills, having led many negotiations at the exam, appeals, and litigation levels that resulted in the resolution of hotly contested issues. She employs innovative strategies and techniques to resolve such matters. Ms. Margolies also has extensive experience in complex procedural and computational matters arising from tax and interest refund claims, amended returns, and joint committee review, as well as the general payment and assessment system of the IRS.

James Morris, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
James Morris, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in London, is also a member of the Construction & Engineering practice. He represents employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in all forms of construction-related disputes, including claims concerning defective design and workmanship, programming, delay, disruption and quantum, which arise out of the major forms of construction and engineering contracts. Mr. Morris’ experience also includes the resolution of disputes by way of international arbitration.

Richard E. Nowak, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Chicago
Richard Nowak is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Chicago. An experienced trial attorney in both state and federal court, Mr. Nowak also represents clients in arbitrations, mediations, and governmental and internal investigations. His practice is focused on ERISA litigation, labor and employment, consumer class actions and antitrust law. Mr. Nowak has extensive experience litigating claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Sherman Act, among others.

Justin Ilhwan Park, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington DC
Based in Washington DC, Justin Park is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and member of the Korea country team. He also focuses his practice on intellectual property matters. Mr. Park handles litigation and arbitration involving various domestic and international matters and for Korean companies such as SK Hynix, Hyundai Mobis, Hyundai Corporation, LG Display, E-land, and Korean Deposit Insurance Corporation. He is fluent in Korean, having attended law schools in both the US and in Korea.

Oral D. Pottinger, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington DC
Oral Pottinger, a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Washington DC, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, civil and criminal antitrust investigations, antitrust counseling and litigation, advertising and consumer protection matters. A member of Mayer Brown’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance group, Mr. Pottinger helps corporate clients identify and implement effective e-discovery solutions addressing a variety of complex legal matters, including investigations, class action discovery, information risk management and e-discovery best practices.

Claire Gibson Ragen, Corporate & Securities, Chicago
A Corporate & Securities partner in Chicago, Claire Ragen focuses her practice on private investment funds and joint ventures. She has broad experience in the formation and structuring of real estate open-end and closed-end funds utilizing a variety of investment structures and strategies. Ms. Ragen also has significant experience in structuring joint ventures, primarily involving real estate companies (including real estate investment trusts), as well as in other corporate and securities transactions.

Michael E. Rayfield, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York
Mike Rayfield is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner and member of the Supreme Court & Appellate practice in New York. He works primarily on product liability, privacy and securities cases, authoring dozens of appellate briefs filed in the US Supreme Court, several federal circuits, and various state appellate courts. Mr. Rayfield has argued cases in the Second and Ninth Circuits and has had extensive involvement in numerous jury trials in various aspects of appellate preservation, including drafting and arguing motions in limine, directed-verdict motions and proposed jury instructions.

Thais Bandeira de Mello Rodrigues, Tax Transactions & Consulting, Rio de Janeiro
Based in Rio de Janeiro, Thais Rodrigues, a Tax Transactions & Consulting partner in Tauil & Chequer Advogados, advises national and international companies in the oil, gas and energy industries. She counsels clients in Brazilian direct tax matters and Brazilian Central Bank regulatory compliance associated with their operations in Brazil and abroad, as well as taxpayers on proceedings before the Brazilian Federal Revenue Office. Ms. Rodrigues also advises clients on tax planning and compliance matters, due diligence and corporate restructuring issues.

Tori K. Shinohara, Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement, Washington DC
Tori Shinohara is a Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement partner in Washington DC. Practicing in the areas of mortgage banking and consumer finance, she counsels clients on compliance with consumer financial protection laws and defends clients in government investigations. Ms. Shinohara also performs regulatory compliance due diligence in connection with transactions related to student loans, mortgages, retail installment contracts and other consumer financial products.

Jad A. Taha, Corporate & Securities, Washington DC
Jad Taha, a Corporate & Securities partner in Washington DC, advises domestic and international clients on local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, private equity, corporate restructurings and general corporate and commercial matters, with a focus on inbound and outbound investments in the US and the Middle East. An active member of the Middle East practice and the International Joint Venture & Strategic Alliance practice, Mr. Taha has played a key role in the opening of the Firm’s office in Dubai.

Stephanie B. Vasconcellos, Employment & Benefits, Chicago
Stephanie Vasconcellos, an Employment & Benefits partner in Chicago, counsels clients regarding employee benefits and executive compensation issues that arise in corporate transactions involving public and private companies. Ms. Vasconcellos advises public and private companies on day-to-day executive compensation matters, including equity compensation plans and agreements, employment and severance agreements, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans.

Michael J. Weiss, Real Estate, New York
A Real Estate partner in New York, Mike Weiss advises owners, developers, equity investors, insurance companies, private equity funds and other domestic and foreign financial institutions in complex commercial acquisitions, sales, financings and co-investment transactions throughout the US over a variety of asset classes, including gaming, hotels, resorts, office, multi-family and mixed-use projects. Mr. Weiss has significant experience with multiple types of financings, as well as the use of historic tax credits. He has a particular focus on high volatility commercial real estate compliance.

James Whitaker, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London

A Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in London, James Whitaker focuses on commercial disputes, disputes relating to directors’ and officers’ liability, banking and financial institutions, professional liability, political risk/trade disruption/contract frustration, and on insurance-related litigation, as well as advising extensively on policy coverage issues. Mr. Whitaker handles a wide range of matters across a broad range of industries, often with a large international, multi-jurisdictional element, in the context both of traditional High Court litigation and of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Peter B. Wolf, Corporate & Securities, Northern California
Pete Wolf, a Northern California partner in the Corporate & Securities practice, focuses on M&A transactions, divestitures, joint ventures, securities offerings and general corporate governance matters. Mr. Wolf also represents clients in connection with the financing of startups, as well as founders in the formation of startups and in exit transactions. He represents publicly held and privately owned companies and private equity funds in a variety of industries, including life sciences, financial services and technology, media, energy, chemical and agribusiness, and steel.

Michael J. Word, Intellectual Property, Chicago

Michael Word is an Intellectual Property partner in Chicago. In that capacity, he focuses primarily on patent litigation and dispute resolution, including district court litigation, appellate practice at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Word also advises clients on managing and expanding their patent portfolios, and, as a registered patent attorney, prosecutes critical, high-value patent applications in front of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Débora H. Yanasse, Corporate & Securities, Rio de Janeiro
A Corporate & Securities partner in Tauil & Chequer Advogados in Rio de Janeiro, Débora Yanasse represents clients in the Brazilian power industry in all segments – generation, transmission, distribution, trade and consumption – regarding regulatory, contractual and corporate matters, among others. Ms. Yanasse also works on other infrastructure projects, particularly in the oil and gas, telecommunications, port, mining, metallurgy, toll road and real estate industries, in Brazil and elsewhere.

Alvin L.Y. Yeung, Real Estate, Hong Kong
The practice of Alvin Yeung, a Real Estate partner in Hong Kong, includes a wide range of real estate development related matters, including the sale and purchase of land and land holding companies. His practice covers project conveyancing, advice on land titles, easements and right of ways, building management, joint venture agreements and development agreements, and revitalization of industrial buildings. Mr. Yeung also advises on property-related litigation, including compulsory sale, adverse possession, compensation claims, tenancy disputes and building management disputes.

Vivien S.K. Yip, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong

Vivien Yip is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in Hong Kong. In her practice, she counsels financial institution clients on financial services-related disputes, including several large and long running High Court litigations arising from the 2008 global financial crisis. She has a particular focus on PRC-related corporate and commercial controversies that are subject to arbitration or court litigation in Hong Kong and in other jurisdictions. Ms. Yip also has extensive experience advising on multi-jurisdictional shareholder and securities disputes, probate litigation and media-related litigation.

Dion K.Y. Yu, Banking & Finance, Hong Kong
Dion Yu, a Banking & Finance partner in Hong Kong, advises and represents banks and financial institutions in banking finance transactions ranging from bilateral loan transactions to syndicated secured loan financing. Mr. Yu has experience in advising loan financing transactions involving REITs, shares and assets acquisition financing, pre-IPO financing, hotel development project financing and other construction and development financing in Hong Kong, the PRC and Macau.
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